Paul Giamatti’s The Rhino in ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Because Black Electro Wasn’t Enough

January 29th, 2013 // 17 Comments
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In case you thought the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man was going to play it cool and not cram a bunch of villains in like Spider-Man 3 did, killing the franchise (I’m kidding. Tobey Maguire’s face did that. His stupid, stupid face.), surprise! Paul Giamatti is going to be The Rhino now on top of Jamie Foxx‘s Electro. Via THR:

The role is a dream part for Giamatti, who in the past has said The Rhino was one of his favorite characters when he was a boy.
“I thought Rhino was the greatest thing when I was a little kid,” he told ShowbizSpy in March 2011. “It was a guy who was basically in this rhinoceros outfit, and I always thought, ‘Why don’t they have The Rhino in one of their movies.’ But maybe The Rhino wasn’t that big of a deal for anybody but me. … If they ever go with The Rhino, I would be ready and waiting.”

So, wait, they’re just casting people who say their favorite Spider-Man villain out loud? GWEN STACY’S TAMPON! Boom! Suck it because that’s really all I had to say about this whole topic. So here’s James Franco talking shit on The Amazing Spider-Man because he’s le dicknose artiste now:

“I mean, they could have strayed a little bit more from the original. It was like, ‘Why?’ I guess they made a lot of money. Congrats. Good for them. Sam and I moved on. We made Oz.”

And by Sam he means Sam Raimi who was fired from making Spider-Man 4 which wouldn’t have even starred James Franco because his snowboarding Hobgoblin, oh I dunno, fucking died. But, you know, they “moved on” to more artistic endeavors of farting out a Wizard of Oz prequel. Sacre bleu le cinema verite!


  1. Last paragraph = life… To quote Josh Malina, “What’s most impressive about James Franco is the number of different things he’s not that good at.”

  2. W. ennnnn. B. C.

  3. USDA Prime McBeef

    I was just thinking the other day that we needed more sequels of more comic book movies.

    Also we need some sort of machine that you can throw old ideas into and turn them into synthetic dog shit that is dispensed into large movie theater popcorn buckets.

  4. Deacon Jones

    As someone that probably owns over 250 issues of Spider Man comic books (Amazing, Spectacular, Web of) dating back to the late 80s, I can proudly say not only have I not watched the latest movie(s?), I cant even name them.

  5. Hmm Giamatti as the Rhino, and Thomas Haden Church played the Sandman..I smell a Sideways crossover with them fighting Spidey in various Santa Barbara wineries! My oenophile senses are tingling!

  6. Smapdi

    I’m sure a 5′ 9″, paunchy, 45-year old Giammati will convincingly play an athletic and physically monolithic super-villain like the Rhino . . . or perhaps Spiderman will defeat Rhino by forcing him to run up several flights of stairs.

    • the original Rhino was a big doughy russian guy in a rhino skin suit hit with some kinda gamma stuff that stuck it to his body the huge juggernaught lookin guy came later on but it will be alot of cg like with lizard most likely

  7. Don’t worry, if it fails they’ll just reboot it again. It’s the new Hollywood way for tentpole franchises: Safe directors, paint-by-the-numbers scripts, stars-of-the-moment, reboot when stale.

    Franchises just go on forever now. They don’t die, they just get reboots. It’s like imortality.

  8. Gotta agree with Franco here. The “Amazing” Spider-Man must be one of the most unnececessary films I’ve ever seen.

    • Technically the only reason they made it was because they would have lost the film rights if they hadn’t. So, technically, it was one of the MOST necessary movies…it just wasn’t particularly amazing.

  9. I loved the Amazing Spider-Man. Maybe it’s because Spider-Man is my favourite Marvel superhero. I don’t know. Emma Stone was excellent in it. And the Lizard was well done.

  10. yeah, when I think ‘bad ass super villain’, I think of old, whiny, fat short balding Paul Giamatti.

  11. nikk

    Foxx as Elecrto and Giamatti as Rhino yea now this is a real CRAP fest (I love Giamatti but this is wrong)

  12. BlueSailor

    Wow, how come nobody is commenting on James Franco’s douchebaggery? Whatever your thoughts of the film are, it doesn’t change the fact that his comments are super arrogant and quite delusional actually, as if the other movies were groundbreaking or entertaining in the least. Jesus, is like this man is intentionally doing and saying things that make him look like an asshole.

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